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Hero dog saves woman from cancer

A woman from Headcorn in Kent says she's lucky to be alive today after her dog alerted her to an undiagnosed cancer.

Colleen Ferguson says the two-year-old Alsatian began repeatedly sniffing her mouth in an strange way which led her to get a full health check - at which point the tumour was found.

David Johns reports, speaking to Colleen as well as Claire Guest from Medical Detection Dogs.


Homeless man jailed for life for murdering friend

A homeless man who brutally murdered a friend in a church porch after a drinking session was today jailed for life.

Ruslan Piktorov - who must serve a minimum 18 years of his sentence - launched the savage attack on 57-year-old Trevor Hillman in Headcorn last October.

He was sentenced today after changing his plea to guilty.

From Maidstone Crown Court, Derek Johnson reports.

Spitfire and other wartime planes return to Kent for tribute to pilots

A spitfire waits to take to the skies in Kent Credit: ITV Meridian

A World War 2 fighter pilot will fulfill his lifelong ambition to fly a spitfire today - at the age of ninety. Neville Croucher, from Dover, flew a Hawker Hurricane in the war but never had the chance to fly a Spitfire.

Neville will be flying alongside other spitfires and war planes out of Headcorn. The planes have returned to this last remaining wartime strip known as "Hellfire Corner" where a museum will be dedicated to the courageous war-time pilots.

Kent student heading to the US for a bright future

Lily Prendergast competed with 1200 other students to win a place at Smith College, Massachusetts Credit: Shellina Prendergast

A 17 year old student from Headcorn has won a coveted place to study at an American university after competing with 1200 other UK youngsters.

Lily Prendergast is one of 150 who'll be attending Smith College, Massachusetts after participating on the Sutton Trust's US Programme, run in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission. Thanks to the trust, she'll also get a financial aid package to see her through college.

The aim of the programme is to encourage academically talented, low and middle income British students to consider studying at American universities. Lily will go to the States when she finishes her International Baccalaureate at Tonbridge Grammar School.


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Model Air Show ... and they fly!

Thousands of model enthusiasts from all over Great Britain have converged on Headcorn in Kent for the Southern Model Show.

It is the first time the event has been held at the airfield near Maidstone and up to twelve thousand people are expected this weekend. As Iain McBride reports this is far cry from just sticking bits of plastic together with glue. These models can fly!

The interviewees are: Steven Bishop, Red Arrows display team; Colin Hitchins, the event organiser; Gregory Hayfield, an Aircraft engineer; and Anthony Pritchard, a model maker.

Albanians detained at Headcorn Aerodrome

A Belgian pilot has been charged with assisting illegal immigration following the arrival of four Albanian nationals at Headcorn Aerodrome.

Jean Francois Hennaux, 34, was arrested by officers from the UK Border Agency on Saturday (June 9).

They also detained two adults and two children from Albania.

The pilot was charged with assisting illegal entry to the UK and was due to appear before Canterbury Magistrates today.